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-- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com she is free! casey anthony walked out of jail 12 days after a jury acquitted her of murder and child negligent charges. and sorry for hacking. rupert murdoch publishes apologies in british newspapers ahead of a house of commons hearing on tuesday. hello, we want to welcome the viewers in the united states and around the world. i i'm natalie allen and we have breaking news to share with you this hour. casey anthony is now free. the florida woman acquitted earlier this month in the death of her 2-year-old daughter was released from jail about an hour ago. anthony walked out, as you can see here, of the orlando facility with her lawyer, and was then driven away to an undisclosed location. she had spent three years behind bars following the death of
toddler caylee anthony. jurors decided prosecutors had failed to prove their case against casey anthony, the child's mother. it remains a mystery as to how her daughter caylee met her death in 2008. cnn's martin savage is in orlando tonight. >> reporter: just about ten minutes after midnight, and we happened to be in the crowd watching as this happened where suddenly, you saw jose baez, and you saw casey anthony walking directly out of the front door. this is what everybody said they would not do, and, in fact, that is what they did do. much to the delight and to the anger of those that were in the crowd. very mixed opinions shouting, jeering as they got into an suv and then the small motorcade of apparently three vehicles followed by what appeared to be sheriff's vehicles then took off down the street. you could see they had blocked off a number of intersections to allow a quick passage to get away from the facility here, and since that time, helicopters and
news crews have beenel to lowing from the air and appears they have gone to the legal offices of the defense team there, and what happens next, many are only theorizing because we don't know. and it seems to have been a short journey, and what happens as far as where she goes and maybe another vehicle she gets into, but no one can sayt that moment. and you guys finally subdued her and was she remorseful or did you have to take her away or what happened? >> she was not remorseful at all actually. i had to administer the handcuffs there on the floor and she wa resisting arrest the entire time and fighting with me and another bailiff tried to hold her feet while she was doing that and fighting with him. so we finally got her handcuffed an picked her up off of the floor and wauged her out of the courtroom and she was still using foul language and actually made another threatening comment to the judge. >> did you give her any sort of test afterwards do you know if she was under the influence at all? did she smell of alcohol? did she seem to be under the influence of something?
>> she was not under the influence of anything that we could tell. she was just very angry. i think that she has a history of these types of situations. and she just had it in her mind that it didn't matter what we done or anything actually, she was just showing disrespect for the court. for my position, and she was just disregarding anything that we were trying the do. >> she was there for domestic charges against her husband and he watched the whole thing go down, didn't he? >> he was not shown in the video, but he was standing to the left of the woman there, and he watched the whole thing and he was actually standing behind the podium and moved it out of the way so we could finish the handcuffing process. >> i can only imagine that he was like, see, i told you. all right. thank you, officer dodson, and we are glad you are okay and the judge as well. >> yes, sir, thank you. in addition to the domestic violence and contempt of court charges, she is now charged with
terroristic threatening and resisting arrest. at this hour, three journalists are arriving at the orange county, florida, jail to document casey anthony's release, and she could be free in a matter of hours and the question is where will she go? is she in danger? can she live anything resembling a normal life once she is freed whenever that is going to be. and those reporters will brief us. jane velez-mitchell is joining us, and she hosts "issues with jane velez-mitchell" and joins us from orlando. and it could be moments away, jane, what is going on? >> well shg, we know there are protesters outside of the orange county jail, and they have one called honk for caylee and more center ones rot in hell and burn in, h ell and many think that casey anthony was gotten away with murder, and acquitted of
the most serious charges shoochlt se sk. she is going to be released slightly before midnight or right after midnight. so a still photographer and a journal itself and a reporter will go in there and look at it and see it and then they are going to come out to tell the rest of the media. there are 20 satellite trucks outside of the jail, and everybody it seems in the entire world wants to see what is going to happen next. and what is expected to happen is that she is expected to leave in a caravan of vehicles possibly with tinted windows. you will not see her drive away, although, obviously, the still photographer and the individu videographer are going to hope to get a shot of her at least leaving the jail cell, and then she heads to points unknown. it is speculated that she might go to one of the three private airports in the area, and then just take off on a charter jet to points unknown or go to orlando international or miami. but she is not going to stay
here in orlando proper. her own attorney jose baez said as much. >> and jane, i want to ask you this and there is a picture of a live picture from the jail now in orlando where she is expected to be released at any moment, and also, protesters as you mentioned. there is a live picture of the media getting ready and folks outside as you say. roll some of the protest video to -- jane, did you say a more sinister one, and there it is, all profits for murder, boycott it. and i have to ask you with awe of the attention surrounding the case, is it likely is she in jeopardy safety wise and can she have a peaceful moment once she is released? >> well, her own civil attorney has said that she has gotten seven credible death threats, so obviously, a tremendous security concern and there is speculation that wherever she goes, she is going to have to go underground and behave much as people who join the witness protection
program behave, change her name and her hairstyle and wear a hat -- >> i hate to cut you off, but we are looking at pictures of the pool cameras going inside and we lost it for a moment, but those were the photographers and the reporters walking inside as jane was speaking. sorry to cut you off. continue, jane. >> well, it is happening right now and it is a dramatic moment. do you realize that, don, that it was exactly three years ago today, july 16th, that she was first arrested, so we have all vicariously lived through this saga for three long years, so that the timing of it is just sort of eerie. the coincidence of her getting out just a couple of hours after three years to the day she was first arrested. again, they really believed that she is going to have to lay low. it is going to be hard for her to do that because she has been in solitary confinement for the
last three years mostly, and she is a young 25-year-old woman who as we know during the trial likes toer party, so will she adhere the advice of her own attorneys who are undoubtedly telling her lay low and asking all of us to respect her privacy and then of course, the big tv interview and if and when that happens. >> yeah. and jane, you know, it is amazing to see the coverage and you see the protesters in the background on the live pictures as jane is reporting just on the other side of where all of this is going on. our jane velez-mitchell is standing by, and casey anthony to be released shortly. the reporters are going inside to get pictures of her release. we will bring it to you if it happens in the hour. but you will definitely see it on cnn, so make sure you stay tuned. the host of "issues with jane velez-mitchell" is standing by with us, and thank you, jane. we will see you later in the broadcast. >> i hope so. >> thank you for watching cnn.
shame on you! shame on you! a media king now fighting for his reputation. you will see rupert murdoch's very public apology and a man who used to work for one of his newspapers talks to cnn. and critics say that the rochester police force there has some explaining to do. are they protecting people or is it harassment? take a look at the nails. how does she function everyday? well, she will show us later on in the show. and you are on social media and we are, too. you can reach out on twitter or facebook on cnn.com/don and on foursquare.com as well. my book is called "transparent" available at e version or get it there or anywhere books are sold. geico, saving people money on more than just car iance. ♪
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>> shame on you! shame on you! shame on you! shame on you! >> now to the scandal. that has infected rupert murdoch's media empire. heads are rolling at his company news corp and murdoch is doing something he is not used to doing, apologize. he took out gigantic ads in seven british newspapers saying that we are sorry for the phone hacking scandal at "news of the world" the popular tabloid he just shut down and in his own words -- >> well, the scandal is widening to another murdoch paper "the sunday times" and even the fbi is opening up an investigation in the united states. the allegations of hacking the
personal phones of public figures in the not so public from murder victims to dead war heroes. >> and there is a firestorm, if you like, that is engulfing parts of the media, parts of the police, and indeed, our political system's ability to respond. >> murdoch's news corp, the parent company of the fox news channel also owns 20th century fox movie studios, the fx network, the "new york post," "the wall street journal," harpercollins publishing and probably your local fox affiliate among many others. the charges against the company are criminal, and they could have dire implications not only for murdoch and the people under him but for the prime minister himself. david cameron's former communications director andy colson is also a former editor of the "news of the world" the paper at the center of the scandal. he has been arrested for his alleged role in all of this. the question is, what did his former boss, david cameron know and when did he know it. >> let me say once more, if, if
i was lied to, if the police were lied to, if the select committee was lied to, it would be a matter of deep regret and a matter of criminal prosecution. >> here, here. >> here. >> order. anybody might think the that orchestrated noise is taking place. order! order, the house will come to order, and these order and these exchanges will continue in an orderly way. mr. ed milliband. >> mr. speaker, the prime minister has just made a very important admission. he has admitted that his chief of staff was given information before the general election that andy coleson had hired a man had hired a man jailed for seven years for a criminal conspiracy who made payments -- who made payments to the police on behalf of the "news of the world."
this evidence casts serious doubt on mr. colson's assurances that the phone hacking over which he resigned was an isolated example of illegal activity. >> do you know what, mr. speaker? do you know what, mr. speaker? i think that the fub lick and the victims of this appalling scandal want us to rise above this and deal with the problems that this country faces. >> mr. milliband. >> mr. speaker, he just doesn't get it. he just doesn't get it. >> i'm afraid, mr. speaker, the person who is not getting it is now the leader of the opposition. >> the unfolding firestorm was brought to life by hollywood actor hugh grant, a brit himself who secretly taped a former news of the world reporter talking about the unsavory practices that he says everyone in his organization condone and encourage. here's grant taking a very
uneasy looking picture with that reporter paul mcmullen. i spoke with mcmullen who said that hacking phones to get information illegally happened all the time at the paper. >> everybody knew, i mean, it started from the time way back in the '90s when you could buy a scanner in a shop outside of a star's house and actually tape record their entire conversation. when that became illegal to buy a scanner all you were left with was getting into the voice mailbox of the celebrity or the politician or whoever was being targeted. i mean, everybody knew it. it was commonplace. it was not just journalists, but kids in the schoolyard who were doing it to the mate. it was a common trick. you hit nine and put in the pin code, and most people didn't change the pin code from four zeroes so that the problem is that people got such good results early on, for one example a very famous british
blond tv presenter, someone on a phishing expedition hacked her phone, listened to three messages and the last one was the english manager saying, darling, we had such a good night last night. when you get that quality of information instead of every now and then, it started to be done routinely and just to the hugh grants and nicole kidmans of the world but to our readers and worse than that, sadly, to you know, the mobile phone of the girl who was, in fact, missing and had died and that's where it really all came to a head because the private detective who did that deleted some of the messages so it looked like her phone had come back to life and her parents, you know. >> okay. so listen, you're talking about milly dowler and her family.
this is what i want to know. were people as high possibly as rupert murdoch complicit in any of this? would rupert murdoch know about these sorts of practices, people under him know about these sorts of practices? >> yeah, well, people under him certainly should have known. when rebekah brooks, his right-hand woman in britain, who gave me my job, she was feature editor and i was looking at the same books we both had. we were spending 4,000 pounds a week on you know, private investigators. doing these kind of practices. it's just extraordinary if she was the department boss who then moved up to to be editor. how could you not notice an expense of over 100,000 a year on this kind of thing and not even ask what it's for. her position is ludicrous. even worse than that, for her to turn round and initially andy colson turn around and say, we didn't know about it, it was a rogue reporter acting on his own, and now five reporters have been arrested, and i've been
invited into scotland yard to be arrested three time, and they were just saying, we didn't know, it was just the reporters acting on their own. >> rupert murdoch and his son james and rebekah brooks have agreed to testify tuesday at a hearing on the scandal. stay tuned to cnn. a government plan that actually worked? how do you shutdown one of the nation's busiest roadways and not cause much trouble? we're going to show you. i got mine in iraq, 2003. u.s.a.a. auto insurance is often handed down from generation to generation, because it offers a superior level of protection and because u.s.a.a.'s commitment to serve the military, veterans, and their families is without equal. begin your legacy. get an auto insurance quote. u.s.a.a. we know what it means to serve.
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angeles would be a gridlock hellscape right now all because of a ten-mile stretch of the 405 and one of the busiest freeways in the country is shutdown. but the carmageddon is not all that bad, and crews are replacing the mullholland drive over the highway and the 405 is scheduled to reopen on monday. so it seems like the warnings worked. but some people didn't have a chance like the couple you're about to meet as our thelma gutierrez tells us, carmageddon just happened to fall on the happiest day of their lives. >> i'm chris. i'm the bride. i'm about to get married in santa monica. >> i'm russ and i hope to make it to the church on time. >> we're getting married july 16th. >> also known as carmageddon. >> you guys are asking your guests to come in to the city on the worst day ever. >> yes.
>> to pull it off, everyone from the bride and groom in los angeles to the best man in fresno, guests in riverside, camryio and huntington beach, even the photographer in venice were prepared to navigate what was being billed as the worst traffic jam in l.a. history, two to, as the ong says, get to the church on time. ♪ get me to the church ♪ get me to the church ♪ for pete's sake get me to the church on time ♪ >> going, i'll say two miles per hour. >> we have two hours to get to the saint monica catholic church in santa monica which is smack in the middle of the freeway closure. they warn guests of the ten-mile long freeway closure on their website. >> i got here three days early so i wouldn't be late for the wedding. >> i'm starting out my journey through carmageddon going to a
wedding in santa monica. >> i'm giving myself 2 1/2 hours to get to where the bride is getting ready. a drive that normally takes 20 minutes. >> on the way to his own wedding, russ posted traffic updates on twitter from the city bus. >> local streets are losing the battle. freeway's clear. >> as the bride made her way to the church, a surprise. >> how would you describe the traffic right now? >> you know what, i'm even more excited because it's looking like the roads are moving and i'm hearing 405 is green. only a couple of cars on the road. >> reporter: a couple of cars, a busload of groomsmen and the bride's limo all at the church way, way, early. >> i made it. ♪ >> reporter: thelma gutierrez, cnn, santa monica, california. all of of the best to them. all right. take a look at this, nails as
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are arresting me. what the hell is going on here? tonight, we go in depth about the story behind this video. when rochester police put handcuffs on emily good, they set off a national debate monitoring police versus public safety. good, a rochester, new york, resident was arrested for obstruction of government administration after she recorded police making a traffic stop. her charges were now stopped. citizens now feel bolder to intervene which puts everyone at risk. susan candiotti is on the story. >> emily good was unwinding at home late one night in the may when she and a friend noticed police stop a car in front of her house. as the police where is questioning the car's occupants, the 28-year-old community organizer was questioning why and hit the record button on her
ipod. >> i wanted to see what they were doing to this young man. >> do you guys need something. >> this is my front yard. i'm just recording what you're doing. it's my right. >> actually, not from the sidewalk. >> this is my yard. >> speaking with police officer mario mario masic. >> i had my feet barely on the sidewalk like this. he told me you can't watch from the sidewalk so i stepped back just one step so i was entirely on the lawn. he said you're not even backing up. and i said, would you like me to take a step back? i will take a step back. i stepped back further. >> okay, listen, i'm not going to explain myself to you. you're going to end up going to jail. i'm trying to give you a warning, okay? >> i'm going to back up. >> you know what? you're going to go to jail. this is not right. no, no, stay right here. >> i'm sorry. >> she dropped the ipod, her friend picked it up and kept rolling. >> i'm observing what they're doing and they're arresting me. i don't understand what's going on. i did nothing. i did nothing. >> not doing anything.
>> what in the world? i'm sorry. i was standing in my front yard. concerned about what was going on in my neighborhood. >> reporter: she was charged with governmental administration, a misdemeanor. police officer macic is not allowed to speak pub lkly about the case, but the head of the union mike maz owe says that the issue is not that emily good was shooting video. >> the issue here is that the officer's attention was distracted from a very potentially very dangerous situation. all she had to do was to comply and go up on the porch or into her own house for her safety. >> reporter: and the police chief james shepherd says that the safety is a key issue, but says that the citizens have a right to shoot video in a public place. >> i don't think it was a filming issue. if that were the issue, the film would have been confiscated and that is not the case. >> reporter: emily good sees the arrest as an attempt to sbim gate residents. >> even know the police insist
that the filming isn't what got me arrested, it does not make sense that my taller male friend was never given any orders or never spoken to, and he was much more, i guess, menacing looking. he was fl fully dressed. i with was in pajamas and it seems that the camera was the variable. >> reporter: the pros ecutor's office later dropped the charge against emily good, but however, questions involving the rochester police and the recording are still very much in play. on the same night emily good was cleared, a supporter of hers, rochester resident warren barnes recorded police officers stopping several men in his neighborhood. >> what are you being detained for? >> reporter: you can hear barnes speaking out to the young men being questioned. >> what are they being detained for, officer? >> reporter: the men were released and barnes was approached by the police officers. >> can i have your lieutenant's name, sir?
can i have the business card so i know who interacted with the boys? >> reporter: barnes says he did not record what happened next. >> i walked across the street like this gentle sman about to do, and they sped across the street, and they said jaywalking, jaywalking, and we got you on camera for jaywalking. >> reporter: he was arrested for jaywalking and disorderly condu conduct, and possession of a utility knife, and marijuana charges. he pleaded not guilty, but he said that the jaywalking ticket was a way to punish him for making a recording. but the sheriff said that jaywalking is a charge, and there were other issues resulting in the arrest. >> there was contraband that was
seized in the arrest. >> reporter: and there were other actions that were considered retaliatory. you can see the police pulling out a ruler to measure the car parked further than 18 inches from the curb. the chief says they are enforcing the law. >> well, maybe they are being overs.e.a.l. louse in overzealous in the law. >> we are going to look if there is a pattern of arrest, and see if this pattern of arrest is being abused. >> emily good says she has been arrested se ed several times fol disobedience and most recently for foreclosure. and she says that the law is on her side for recording police activities and good and her supporters vow to keep the
cameras going. >> it has a powerful role in telling the officers not only are we watching this, but, you know, potential think whole world is watching this. >> reporter: susan candiotti, cnn, new york. up next, we will hear from a man who says he was harassed by the rochester police and he is a city firefighter and a county legislator. [ bell tolls ] agents, what did we learn here today? that lint balls are extremely flammable... ...that's why it's important to regularly clean and inspect your vents. correct. [ male announcer ] we are insurance. ♪ we are farmers ♪ bum, ba-da-bum, bum, bum, bum ♪
coverage of the rochester police incident. i spoke with firefighter and monroe county legislator willie lightfoot. he was arrested. he says he was intervening because an officer was making a threat. officers charged him with multiple offenses and he eventually pled guilty to dui. he says there was good reason to cut a deal. >> i took the plea because i couldn't afford to go to trial like many people in my community. and also because of my job if i was convicted of obstruction of government administration, i would have been terminated from my employment. >> okay. so we reached out to rochester police about your situation. and they didn't want to make any further comments but earlier chief shepherd told whamtv that he encouraged you to continue the complaint process, mr. lightfoot, but you dropped your complaint against the police. why did you do it. >> well, sir, when i went to make my complaint three or four days after the incident
happened, i was sitting to give my complaint and the person i gave my complaint to was a constant defense of the individual officers. i didn't feel confident in their internal process. >> since it began, police behavior has gotten better because people are watching officers more closely or has it gotten worse because officers are angry now. >> which is it? >> i'm getting numerous calls from constituents in my community and people in the neighborhood especially adjacent to the one i represent, and people are saying they are being constantly harassed. when i say harassed, i believe that the way that the police department treats african-americans in this community opposed to the caucasians is a different approach. they're much more aggressive than they are when they're approaching a caucasian resident supposed to an african-american resident. and so i'm hearing nothing but complaints from people in the city. >> okay, so mr. lightfoot, that was the reason that emily good
said that she recorded that video in her front yard, because she was concerned about racial profiling and police harassment, and do you believe that this is a systemic problem with rochester police? >> absolutely. i believe that. i was a victim of that myself. i was driven around for four hours when asked to go to the bathroom, i was told to urinate on myself. i was never told why i was arrested. i was treated like a common criminal and thug and basically, i've been nothing but an upstanding citizen in this community. i'm a two-time war veteran. you know, i'm an upstanding citizen, business owner and i came to the aid of a young man who was in handcuffs being threatened. i thought that that was wrong. >> okay. how do you -- you heard the police chief say, you know, you can't be intervening in police work. if an officer asks you to do something, you should abide by that, especially if the officer doesn't feel safe. does that explanation, is that enough for you and for the citizens of rochester? >> well, i think that you have to definitely uphold the law and we have to let them do their job.
quite naturally, if you look at my video, it was depicted before my video came out i was acting belligerent and acting violently, but when you see the video, you will see i'm trying to help the officer, and help find the individual he was looking for. in my opinion, we have to get a point where who oversees the overseer and no, i don't think it's enough because they're sworn in to uphold the law. if they're sworn in to tell the truth, they have to be accountable, as well. >> our thanks to willy lightfoot. we did ask for the police chief and mayor to join us tonight, but they declined. everyone's looking for ways to help the economy. next, we'll talk to a man who has an idea how to get more money to communities that need it. you'll hear his plan coming up. [ male announcer ] built like a volkswagen. the 2011 tiguan.
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>> well, don, thanks to the national bankers association, they've agreed to match dollar for dollar what we put in the bank. in the spirit of dr. king with the memorial coming up. they're going to literally lend this money out to people all across the country to try to create job creation, home ownership, education and the great thing about it is, they're not asking anybody to give money, just asking them to open up a bank account. >> there has been money already that has transferred. how much are we talking about? give us a breakdown how much has been matched, as well. >> what's happened already, did a national campaign with farmers bank out of north carolina for one year. we put in over $1 million in the bank, and they matched that $1 million and they're doing great things in the state of north carolina. that's how this movement came into be with all of the association of -- which is the national bankers association across the country and literally, you know, we're asking every bank in the country to be a part of this. we're asking churches. celebrities, and the community to step up, and say, look, let's save ourselves, because we are
looking for somebody else to save us. >> this is about creating wealth you said in minority communities hit hardest really by unemployment. understand as well that you have approval from the white house. is that what you're trying to do, build wealth here? >> i'm trying to give opportunity here and set up a platform here along with the national bankers association to give people an opportunity to have a chance to create job creation in this country because that's what we need right now. i mean, look, unemployment is at 9.2%. 16% in the african-american community, 40% for teenagers in this country. right now, you know we may have come here in different ships but right now we're in the same boat. we have to create jobs in this country. we talk about racism in this country but classism is what we need to be talking about because pov ti does not see color. >> again, you have the approval of the white house? >> the white house did say that they liked what we were doing and that they would support it wholeheartedly. >> how can people participate? >> they can go to the national bankers.com, org, excuse me. i'll be talking about it on my
radio show or go to the website and hopefully, we'll have more interaction with you as we lead up till the august date, and again, we are asking everybody to participate. we are not asking you the give money, but just open an account to get the banks to match that money, and these banks weren't part of the bailout, but they weren't part of the toxic loas s that took place. these are responsible banks in our community. >> national bankers.org or the truth fighters.com. warren ballentine, thank you, sir. >> thank you, don. >> it's something all of us do, cut our nails. maybe not all of us. you'll meet a lady with 26-inch finger nails but first, hit hard by the recession, this week's cnn hero turned to her backyard to put food on her dinner table. holly hirsch berg decided she needed to help other families, too. >> i love the united states. i think it's a wonderful place to live.
it is scary to me with so much land and so much abundance that people are hungry. in 2008, my husband lost his job. it was a very, very difficult time, and the first thing we did was to plant a garden. if you grow your own food, you never have to worry about how to feed your family. we thought if we can help others garden, then we can help them pull themselves up out of poverty. i'm holly hirschberg and we giveaway seeds and teach people to grow their own food. we pack enough seeds to grow food for a family of four. we want to help people provide for themselves. >> this is an eggplant. i've already harvested from it. >> my garden is in front of my apartment. i can grow tomatoes, bell pepper and in just flower pots. if it weren't for my garden, then i wouldn't be able to afford fresh produce at all.
>> here is my tomatillo plant. we have provided over 635,000 seed packs to individuals and families all over the country. we also have provided seeds for over 180 community gardens. so, who wants to grow vegetables? >> we see a lot of families whose children only eat when they get a free meal at school. when they're at home, we want them to have the best nutrition possible and certainly you can't do better than garden veggies. i'm in the a master gardener. i wouldn't even say i'm a good gardener. i'm an enthusiastic gardener. the seeds do all the work. we provide the seeds. we help you grow them. you eat the food. so we use tide free. no perfumes or dyes for her delicate skin. brad. not it. not it. just kidding. that's our tide. what's yours? i grew up wearing lots of hand-me-downs. bell bottoms in the '80s? not pretty. then she found them. she loved them, so i washed them in tide with downy and they're still soft and fresh. right?
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okay, everybody. welcome back. i want to introduce to you jazz, an atlanta woman who's been growing her nails for over 22 years, the longest which is 26 inches long. you heard me. 26 inches long. which one is that one? >> this one. >> that one. i don't want to get close, because i might break them and if i break them, i'm in major trouble. they call you mama jazz? >> right. >> so, first, before i ask you how you do stuff, because you answered a lot. >> okay. >> big question is why? >> well, i always have been able to grow my nails. my father is a pastor. and i couldn't grow them when i was smaller because he told me that i had to find my identity and once i found my identity, i started growing my nails. >> okay. so you've been growing them now
for 22 years. when they break, are you like oh, no? >> yes. >> how often do they break? >> not too often. if i break them, i go back to my nail tech and she puts acrylic back on them where it broke and mend them back together. >> so they never break at the base. >> no, never. >> do you have to protect them with something? >> i have acrylic, yes. >> someone asked me on here they said do you have any joint problems because are they heavy? >> no, they're not heavy. >> i got to tell you, that is weird. you have to admit it's weird when people see you. do they have a reaction? do you frighten children ever? >> no, children are my biggest loved ones to my nails ak chact. >> all right. someone says how do you wash your hair? >> i have a utensil, a hair utensil that i just take and wash my hair with. >> okay. >> and this is from twitter, mystic lady says, how does she sleep and how does she scratch the inside of her ear?
>> okay. >> did you see that? >> no problem. >> it goes right in there no problem. >> are there other people -- are you the nail champion? >> i'm not aware that i am, no. >> i remember from years ago, there was a fingernail champion. this is the woman who was a secretary and her nails were that long. what do you do for a living? are you a housewife? >> yes. >> a homemaker? >> yes, that's okay. >> and your kids? >> five kids. >> they're all over there taking pictures and whatever and they're cool with it. >> they're cool with it. do you ever go, okay, enough already? i just want to -- because you have to protect these all the time. do you ever get tired of it. >> no, i don't. because they're just like my family. we have a bond. >> all right. would you get mad if i break one and kept it for a souvenir? >> this is priceless. sgli 'm kidding. mama jazz, thank you very much. all right. next, we will let you in on
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yours. the folks at cnn.com's food blog called eatocracy invied me to an exclusive dinner in harlem at the red rooster restaurant called the eatocracy with people from all walks of life discussing issues over a gourmet dinner. ♪ >> with this particular dinner we thought where better than new york city to talk about food's role in cultural identity. we've invited a bunch of people here tonight who have no idea who's going to be here. they didn't know until today where it was going to be happening.
they just saw cnn eatcracy and said yes, saved the date and we're going to get a drink in their hand and get them talking. >> i'm about to burst to have all of this great food that comes from everywhere but to be having it here at this restaurant just means so much to me. i mean, this is amazing. ♪ >> i just saw a few name cards when i got here like five minutes ago. you guys are pretty good about keeping secrets. ♪ >> nobody's here by accident. they don't know why we picked them, but everybody has an interesting story to tell. >> you will see a little card in front of you identified myself as, and i have been thinking of what to put on there, and i'm thinking of what i am going to
write down on mine is recovering catholic school ex-suburban white girl mutt. i hope that everything here at this table is going to share your story of who you think you are, who you want to be, what you ate, what you thought you were going to be, and how food played into all of this. >> growing up in america, you know, i mean, food for me was probably the easiest thing to understand about like chinese culture growing up, things like that. >> my cultural identity is grits. it's an acronym for girl raised in the south but i'm grits harlem style. >> i eat everything. i eat chitlin's. i love beans all the time and i'm looking at the table and i'm like boiled peanuts. if you're from the south and you know that at the church, everyone has a boiled peanut on plate. it's like a delicacy. ♪ >> so my story was, i'm a mysterious american gumbo of love.